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Summary for 2000 S Spokane ST S / Parcel ID 6444400016 / Inv #

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: Tudor Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Built By: Year Built: 1928
Built in August of 1928 with a garage for a cost of $3500, this building was purchased by Linzey L. and Mabel Norton in February of 1929 from C. J. Jensen. The couple resided previously at 2537 15th Avenue South. Mr. Norton was an officer in the Seattle Police Department. Mr. and Mrs. Norton resided in the building through ca 1951. From 1953 through 1970, Tadashi Yamaguchi lived in the building. Beacon Hill is a long north-south tending ridge located southeast of downtown Seattle and stands 350 feet at its highest point. The hill’s steep topography deterred substantial Euro-American settlement through the early 1880s. Then, development of the area was stimulated by the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1890s, its proximity to Seattle’s main industrial area to the west, and the regrading of the hill’s north end in the early 1900s. Originally acquired by the City in 1898, Jefferson Park was integrated into Seattle’s Olmsted system of parks, and the Olmsted Brothers prepared a plan for the park in 1912. The first public golf course west of the Mississippi opened at Jefferson Park in 1915. Jefferson Park has exerted a profound positive influence on the development of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Because of its proximity to the International District, Japanese and Chinese families moved to Beacon Hill starting in the 1920s. World War I and II stimulated a surge in housing development associated with wartime industry. The construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s and Interstate 90 in the 1980s sliced through the neighborhoods and contributed to Beacon Hill’s relative isolation. Today, Beacon Hill is an ethnically diverse working class community, which has a mixed Asian, Chicano, African American, and Caucasian population.
Built in 1928, this sleek, Tudor Revival style, single-family cottage stands on a trapezoidal corner lot at the intersection of South Spokane Street and Twentieth Avenue South. The building is oriented to South Spokane Street, facing Jefferson Park on a level site. This 1008 square foot, one-and-a-half story house with a full basement features a rectangular plan, measuring approximately 40’ by 28’, with an approximately 8’ by 8’ recessed front stoop. A poured concrete foundation supports the wood frame, brick veneer-clad superstructure. Asphalt composition-roofing covers the clipped cross gable roof and shed roof dormer. Minimal overhanging eaves with bargeboards and fascia define the roofline. Multiple-lite wood sash windows punctuate the building with triple windows on the front facade and paired windows on the side facades. A first story oriel window projects from the front facade gable end with a segmented arched window opening above in the gable end. Windows feature rowlock sills. A short flight of stairs leads to the recessed front entrance. An arched entryway frames the stoop. A brick chimney services the building.

Detail for 2000 S Spokane ST S / Parcel ID 6444400016 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Brick - Common Bond Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable, Gable - Clipped Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories:
Unit Theme(s):
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972), Washington State Archives.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
City of Seattle. Survey of City-Owned Historic Resources. Prepared by Cathy Wickwire, Seattle, 2001. Forms for Ravenna Park structures.
Tobin, Caroline. (2004) "Beacon Hill Historic Context Statement."

Photo collection for 2000 S Spokane ST S / Parcel ID 6444400016 / Inv #

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Photo taken Mar 12, 2004

Photo taken Mar 12, 2004
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